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Evolutionary Spirituality
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Evolutionary Spirituality is dedicated to evolving our consciousness.
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Evolutionary Panentheism

“Panentheism” is a constructed word composed of the English equivalents of the Greek terms “pan”, meaning all, “en”, meaning in, and “theism”, meaning God. Panentheism understands God and the world to be inter-related with the world being in God and God being in the world.

Brother David Steindl-Rast
"There are at least three ways of talking about Spirit: You can say what Spirit is like, you can say what Spirit is not, or you can have a direct experience of Spirit. And the best way to say what Spirit is like in today's world, is evolutionary panentheism...."

Brother David goes on to contrast theism (positing a transcendent God, whom one may know on personal terms) with panentheism (literally, "all in God," or the divine as both transcendent and immanent). It is the latter Godview, Brother David suggests, that will carry spirituality into the future and that has far-reaching implications for inter-religious dialogue.

Ken Wilber

Ken agrees, and goes on to explain that even though God is unfathomable, there are better and worse ways of conceiving that which is ultimately inconceivable, and that if individuals must have a "positive" image for God, that evolutionary-informed panentheism is the most accurate expression. Only through panentheism, affirms Ken, is science and spirituality reconcilable as an evolutionarily unfolding of Spirit-in-action, and only through such a Godview can religion shake off its pre-modern, pre-rational, superstitious roots that have been erroneously elevated to post-rational glory.
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“Evolutionary theology opposes intelligent design because it is scientifically useless.” John A Haught, “God after Darwin”

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 Nobel laureate Joshua Lederberg with great concern for the epidemic problem, stated, “The survival of the human species is not a preordained evolutionary program.” Unconscious evolution means no evolution at all. No agency, no choice means by default natural selection will extinct humans from the earth, as it did Homo neanderthalensis. 
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In an evolving universe, “incessantly even if imperceptibly, the world is constantly emerging a little farther above nothingness.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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Evolutionary consciousness “calls out for divinity that lives not just in the wondrous beauty of nature, or the eternal stillness of the present moment but also in the mysterious space of the future.  This evolutionary theology offers us a new vision of the divine connecting “the ground of being, evolutionary emergence, consciousness, telos and the future.”
Carter Phipps, “Evolutionaries”
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Evolutions Purpose and YOU- the visual I have been looking for.

Martin Ucik demonstrates a clear application of the integral model to individuals, couples and evolution. The diagram “Evolutionary Purpose” is brilliant. It clearly connects the individual’s purpose in a healthy way to an evolutionary worldview that completes the circle of evolutions purpose. 
Have a look and contemplate.
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Allan Combs is a Professor of Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies and director of the Integral Focus of the doctoral program, and is perhaps best known in integral circles for his contribution to the now famous Wilber-Combs Matrix (or "Lattice" as it is sometimes called)—a theoretical framework that helps us understand how any of the major states of consciousness can be experienced by anyone at any time, but are interpreted very differently at different stages of psychological and cultural development. In this Integral Spotlight, Allan Combs offers a fun and fascinating jaunt through several different conceptions of the Wilber-Combs Matrix.

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